Fear Itself: Fearsome Four #1

Fear Itself: Fearsome Four #1

Event\Storyline: Fear Itself Writer: Brandon Montclare Artist: Michael William Kaluta Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: June 8, 2011 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 6
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FEAR ITSELF TIE-IN! FOUR MARVEL HEROES SUCCUMB TO FEAR ITSELF!Do you fear... your protectors turning on you? Man-Thing has gone mad as fear consumes the world, and Manhattan will burn. The only heroes that seek to stop him have given into fear themselves, and no one is safe! Ryan Bodenheim illustrates the dark side of the Marvel universe as a team of monstrously talented artists spotlight Fear Itself, each through the eyes of a fallen hero. Eisner Hall of Famer Michael Kaluta leads the charge, transforming Nighthawk into the most frightening vigilante you've ever seen!

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ray Tate Jun 10, 2011

    Fear Itself: Fearsome Four #1Posted: Friday, June 10, 2011By: Ray Tate Brandon MontclareMichael Wm Kaluta, Bryan Bodenheim, Simon BisleyMarvel Something's spreading fear among the populace of the Marvel Universe. Such fear attracts Man-Thing, "For Whatever Knows Fear, Burns at the Man-Thing's Touch." Howard the Duck and She-Hulk attempt to peacefully deal with the Man-Thing, and along the way, Nightwing and the Frankenstein Monster join the party. How could anyone resist such a team formation? Not me, and legend Michael Wm Kaluta's presence certainly sweetened the deal. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jun 11, 2011

    Over the last dozen years or so, Marvel has started using the New Warriors theorem (pick several random extant characters, stack them together in new combinations, new character optional) regularly in what seems like an attempt to get the most out of their large pool of characters. Sometimes it works (as with the New Avengers) and sometimes it doesn't (Young Allies, The Loners, any given team limited since about 1999), but it always leads to interesting, if uneven, results. The use of Howard as the central character, given his everyman (everyfowl?) nature, works for me, and exploiting the existing connections between Jennifer, Kyle and Howard is nice for the continuity junkies in the audience, but I'm less sold on the belief that somehow THIS world-shaking event is more frightening and important than the last five world-shaking events. The theme that the Serpent and company are generating a huge undercurrent of fear hasn't really been clearly established in the main title, so it feels Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    cxPulp - Blake Petit Jun 11, 2011

    I picked this book up because Im a fan of several of the characters involved and hoped it would be a little oasis of fun in the midst of a sort of bleak event, and theres at least an attempt at that here. Overall, though, the book simply falls flat. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jun 8, 2011

    The combination of artists Michael Kaluta, Ryan Bodenheim, and Simon Bisley also adds to the jumbled feel. Bisley's exaggerated work at least fits the nightmarish landscape. Kaluta's scratchy pencils and Bodenheim's more refined pages are constantly at war with each other. As with the script, the series would be better off sticking with one visual approach or the other. Either way, Fear Itself: Fearsome Four needs to find its voice and its team dynamic soon. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Jun 9, 2011

    This book is full of odd pairings and gatherings, but all the same it just seems slow and choppy. The plot is well-intended, the characters an odd assortment, but nothing about this book really entices me to plunk down another three bucks for the next installment. I'll peek between the covers, sure, but I'm not expecting a great deal. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Dean Stell Jun 15, 2011

    There are bound to be a few crummy tie-ins for every event and this seems to be one. Not a bad premise, but the execution is kinda lacking. I have hope that it'll improve on the next issue when the art situation is a little more settled. Read Full Review

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